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Sheffield Utd vs Manchester Utd – Watch Live Match Stream online

Our live stream ahead of Thursday nights Premier League match, Sheffield Utd vs Manchester Utd is now up, kicking off at 20.00 GMT

You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…

Sheffield United come into this game having endured the worst ever start to a Premier League season. Southampton piled on the misery, beating the blades 3-0 last weekend on the south coast.

Sheffield United are only the fourth side at all levels of the English Football League to have no more than one point from their opening 12 league games to a season, after Manchester United in 1930-31 (0 in the top-flight), New Brighton in 1931-32 (1 in the Third Division North) and Newport County in 1970-71 (1 in the fourth tier).

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Manchester United come into the game off a 0-0 draw with local rivals Manchester City. The game provided few clear cut chances. In total, there were just four shots on target in the match, and on an evening when caution appeared to be the focus for both sides, neither deserved the win. 

Manchester United have not had things all their own way either this term but, despite sitting in the relatively lowly position of eighth, they are at least still in the hunt and sit just five points off the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.

The stats behind Man United’s away form are remarkable; victory on Thursday would see them become only the fourth side in English top-flight history to win 10 consecutive away league games, while they could also become the first team to score two or more goals in 10 successive top-flight games since Tottenham Hotspur more than 60 years ago.

The two clubs last met in June with Man Utd winning 3-0 thanks to a Martial hattrick…

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PRESS CONFERENCE:

Chris Wilder

On Prince Abdullah’s vote of confidence

I’m not arrogant or precious enough to not know the results at this club have not been good enough and I take full responsibility for that.

For the owner to come out and say that, I appreciate it but my full focus is on trying to turn around the results we’ve got, which haven’t been good enough and leave us in the position we’re in.

Every football club has got their own story and ours is a bit different to other clubs’ stories.

I appreciate it, and I’m not being disrespectful about it, but I have to focus on getting results, which is something I and the players haven’t been doing well enough.

We’re not an established Premier League club and we’re battling for our lives.  

‘Actions speak louder than words’

The players can’t feel sorry for themselves and they’ve got to show that as well. It’s quite easy to talk about it, we have to deliver and we haven’t delivered enough.

I think our expected points is about 11-12 on the board, but we haven’t got that and we’ve got to match it up with a performance and a result.

The players have to deliver and I have to deliver in the aspects I can control, but I can’t play the game for them.  

On changing systems

Everyone has their ideas on how you should play but the system has worked for us for a long time, we buy players to fit a system.

We have different scenarios and situations, when we’re up in the game or when we’re not, and I’ve coached every system in the book.

This one suits us but I am open to change it, if it was the right thing to do, to give us the best opportunity of getting results.  

We had enough chances against West Ham and West Brom, and conceding against Leicester wasn’t down to playing three or four or five or 10 at the back.

It’s about individual moments. I’m open to it, we talk and think about the game long into the night, to pick the best system and put round pegs into round holes.

On his players

They’re a little bit down as you can imagine, after Sunday.

The feeling in the camp would be that they didn’t do enough to win the game, it wasn’t up there with the standards I expect and that they expect.

We have to react to that and there’s no better game to react than Man U at home.

‘We have to believe the next game changes everything’

The players have to galvanise themselves to get out the blocks, the first goal is important and we’ve had chances to get it in a few games and not taken them.

Then players naturally get a bit tight and edgy, and that builds from game to game. You know what type of manager I am and what type of environment it is up here at Shirecliffe, there’s an honest approach and an honest appraisal. The players have to believe the next game is the one to change it.

‘We have to stick our chests out and deliver’

We were playing better than we are at the moment, the results have hit our confidence levels and belief. You get a couple of results and belief and confidence grows.

I don’t think it would have shocked the world if we’d have picked up five points in the three games before Southampton, but we didn’t. We have to stick our chests out and deliver.

The game [against Man U last season] showed us what can happen in the Premier League, 2-0 up and then all of a sudden we were staring down the barrel of getting beat 10 minutes after being in control.

There were a lot of positives and we’re going to have to show all those qualities to get a result out of the game.

On Rhian Brewster

Everyone’s under consideration, I’ve got to look at it from Rhian’s point of view in terms of experience. He’s new to the club and is still feeling his way as a Sheffield United player let alone a Premier League player but he’s in our thoughts.

‘We have to fight it out, and we’re fighting’

The streetfighter in me will fight it out and so will the team and work it out. It’s not easy but if it was, everyone would have played 500 league games and have promotions under their belt. This is how you get judged in these times and you have to fight it out, and we’re fighting.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

On Dean Henderson

Well it just shows how sometimes how beneficial some loan deals are, Dean has worked his way up through the ranks, through the system and the two years at Sheffield United, it’s made him come back as a mature quality keeper, had experiences with a great promotion and his year in the Premier League was valuable for us and him.

He’s made his England debut, he’s learning more and more the Manchester United style, our play is a bit different, have a couple of different demands of him but we’re very grateful to Sheffield United and Chris that they gave him a chance to develop as they did.

On Bilic sacking

Well I think these times in a pandemic and what has happened has made everyone sit back and think, I’m very sad to hear Slaven has lost his job, done great getting them promotion, I’ve known him years, I’m sure he’ll be back soon.

Hopefully more and more clubs think long-term, it’s a long-term business, need short-term results but continuity is the key to success and patience.

On pressure

It’s not a nice position to be in as a manager, you want your players to be playing with confidence, thinking and believing.

With Cardiff, it was a new experience, a learning experience and a valuable one, I didn’t enjoy it with the results and relegation we got but as a manager you’re one of very few if you’re not gonna feel the pressure at one point.

I felt it and Chris, Slaven whoever feels that pressure are mentally strong enough because you have to be.

On playing away and return of fans

I think it just goes to show how important home fans are when you get them back again, it’s not a cliché when we say they’re our 12th man.

I can call Chris up and ask him to come to Carrington to play a friendly game, it’s that feel to it, our fans are so so important and can’t wait to get them back.

On Cavani fitness

We have to be mindful of little strains and niggles and decisions have to be made from kick-off of Sheffield United to kick-off at Aston Villa, it’s 15 times 24 hours, so it’s gonna be very tight.

Edinson has done well in rehab, still have to make the decision if we should risk him, it is a little bit to risk him too early, I’d doubt him to be available to pick tomorrow.

On fringe players

Yeah, Marcos [Rojo] has just felt a niggle in his calf again, his worked really hard to come back, played for reserves, got a knock, worked hard again and hopefully he’s back in January, Marcos.

Phil [Jones] should be ready by January and Sergio [Romero] has been training hard as well.

On unusual results

I think it’s also a sign of the Premier League, the quality of the so-called lesser teams, no easy game in Premier League, then again the top teams the last few seasons have had knack of winning tight games instead of drawing them, with the tight schedule of around the world, players’ lives, I think we will see throughout the season whoever gets a midweek rest might get an advantage, it’s hard to have everyone 100% sharp.

On formation changes

What was the change in formation? It was a 4-2-3-1 and coming into that picket is probably Paul’s fave position, Paul did well, team’s shape was as it normally is, twice we played three at the back, beat PSG, lost to Leipzig, played a full game with a diamond and two half games with a diamond.

Four out of 22 games isn’t bad for consistency of a normal shape, some details change.

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FORM:

Sheffield United Premier League form: LLLLLL

Manchester United Premier League form: LWWWWD
Manchester United form (all competitions): WWLWLD

LINEUPS:

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Stevens; Baldock, Berge, Ampadu, Fleck, Lowe; Mousset, Burke

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

THATSAGOAL TIP:

Under 2.5 Goals – Evens with FanTeam

It has been a dismal campaign for last season’s European-chasing Blades. One point from 12 and rock bottom offers little hope of a result here. Sheffield United have an appaling goals for record and need to stick to the basics against the division’s top sides.

As such, Chris Wilder’s primary aim has to be to keep things as tight as possible and restrict Manchester United in front of goal.

The Red Devils have often relied on second-half goals for results and are particularly reliant on Bruno Fernandes. If he can be stopped, the Blades can keep the scoreline low.

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